Visualizing the drought in the United States

New England is experiencing one of the worst droughts since the government began tracking levels in 2000.

Though Connecticut reached severe levels in September, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have been experiencing extreme levels since August.

Pace of opioid-overdose deaths in Connecticut still rising

The biggest jump in the first three months of 2016 was among deaths involving fentanyl, an extremely potent synthetic opioid that’s often used as a painkiller in hospitals.

The number of deaths involving the drug more than doubled in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same time last year.